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Luck ‘o the Nutrients

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Since St. Patrick’s Day is soon approaching, I thought it only appropriate to dedicate this week’s post to the holiday. Even though I’m part Irish, I’m not a big fan of corned beef or potatoes. So, I decided to go with an all green food theme (mostly green, anyway).

I thought I would try a recipe I came across for edamame hummus since hummus, which is typically made from garbanzo beans, is one of my favorite dips. Edamame, which is really just boiled green soybeans, is a great food choice (especially for vegetarians) because of its high protein content. As a plant-based food, edamame is surprisingly high in iron, a mineral that is necessary for storing and using oxygen. Not only that, it is also high in fiber with eight times as much fiber as steamed zucchini. And who doesn’t love a food product that’s low in calories and fat? (more…)

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Struck by Cupid’s Cupcakes

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Red velvet cupcakes: everyone’s favorite. They’re starting to appear all over now, even at Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The first time I fell in love with red velvet cupcakes was when I tried the SusieCakes Bakery recipe, which has frosting in the center of the cupcake (they are to die for!). As you can imagine, red velvet cupcakes can’t be the healthiest of desserts with that rich cream cheese frosting, so I went on a search for a healthy red velvet cupcake recipe. The result? A gluten-free cupcake with added fiber and protein. The secret ingredient? Garbanzo beans. (more…)


Butterscotch Budino: An Oh-So-Sweet Ending for the Year

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I’ll admit this recipe is not one I would normally promote on my blog (as it is neither quick nor healthy), but it’s time to celebrate before those New Year’s health resolutions kick in! I fell in love with this dessert when I sampled it at Food & Wine’s Taste of Beverly Hills event in September. Ever since then, I have been wanting to take a stab at this recipe myself. For those of you who have never tried this dessert, budino is simply a rich, creamy Italian-style pudding. This particular budino recipe is credited to pastry chef Dahlia Narvaez of Pizzeria Mozza, a Los Angeles-based restaurant owned by nationally recognized chefs Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali and vineyard owner Joseph Bastianich (he also happens to be one of the judges on one of my favorite shows, MasterChef). (more…)


WK’s Top Holiday Picks for Santa

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Although I’m not a huge shopper, I stayed away from Black Friday sales this year after being told by my horoscope it would only bring me trouble. For those of you still shopping for Christmas presents, here are my top gifts for food lovers & techies. (more…)

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Move Over Starbucks, There’s A New Drink In Town: Apple Pie Smoothie

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

It’s officially red cup season at Starbucks, and we all know what that means: extra long lines, and for what? A red cup! I have to admit, the red cups do seem to have some magical power of making their drinks taste better. I particularly love seeing the new designs they come out with each year. You can read about this year’s design in a blog post by Starbucks’ creative director, Daniele Monti.

So, what do you do when you don’t feel like waiting in those extra long lines for your holiday drink? Make your own drink at home in 5 minutes or less! I was inspired by a drink I had at Jamba Juice the other day, the Pumpkin Smash smoothie (mmm…it was delicious!). I’m sure it’s not the healthiest drink in the world either, so I decided to make my very own holiday drink: “Better than Grandma’s Apple Pie” Smoothie. (more…)